Biologists Discovered Novel Species in Suriname Forests, South America

Biologists Discovered Novel Species in Suriname Forests, South America

According to a new report, about 16 biologists discovered 60 new species in an uninhabited region of Suriname near the border with Brazil in South America.

These biologists went through a three weeks expedition in Suriname forest and maintained a list of 1,378 plants, ants, fish, insects, birds, mammals and amphibians. This expedition was led by the Conservation International.

Guiana Shield is an area in South America, which contains more than a quarter of the world’s rainforest. Scientists led the mission to find out the role of water in Suriname.

Among the 60 species the scientists discovered six frogs and 11 fishes in the Suriname’s rainforest.

Scientists also found a brown tree frog dubbed as the “cocoa frog” along with a poison dart frog. This poisonous frog secretes powerful toxins, which are employed by local people for hunting.

Trond Larsen, nonprofit research and advocacy organization Conservation International, said: “Given the rate at which so many populations of frogs are declining and disappearing around the world, it’s pretty exciting to be discovering new species”.

A new type of tetra fish, a strangely pigmented catfish, and nine other types of new fishes were among the species catalogued by the scientists.

Researchers also discovered a new grasshopper, Pseudophyllinae teleutin. This insect was having sharp spines along its legs to protect itself from its rivals.

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